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To change the game, change the business model

Yesterday, I was a judge for a showcase of projects from marketing students of a local university. Most of the projects that were pitched are apps that exist elsewhere in some form; nothing game-changing. There were many common innovation myths that … [Read more]

People pay to get wet

Make a splash in the short-term or play for the future? In business, there is a constant tension between playing to win right now and making bets to be relevant in the future. Most focus only on the former, while innovators do both; at the same time. … [Read more]

How do you know which rules are worth breaking?

Want to spark innovation? Kill some stupid rules. … [Read more]

Interstellar: the power of an unlikely collaboration yields scientific discovery

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is a fantastic movie, science and fantasy will entertain you. Go watch it! But this blog isn't about the movie per se, it is about how they made both the worm hole and black hole models realistic. This is the … [Read more]

Want people to believe innovation applies to their role? Give them a reason to care

Among the many innovation myths businesses take as givens, I believe the most common and disruptive one is "innovation doesn't apply to my role". When this is the case in most organizations, and when just one-fifth of employees report believing that … [Read more]

6 uncommon questions to help you shift your perspective and poke holes at the status-quo

It all starts with a wild question. In the tech industry, it might be, "what if people could carry their whole music library in their pockets? iPod. In the automotive industry, it might be, "what if a supercar could also work as an electric car? … [Read more]

How to cultivate the Generalist within

As a rule of thumb, your business needs more generalists than specialists if it wants to innovate. Don't get me wrong, specialists are valuable. But Generalists are the innovators, the ones who are most capable of dealing with complexity; the ones … [Read more]